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EIU TPS Teaching World War II with Primary Sources -
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EIU TPS September 2007 Newsletter - Library of Congress Resources

EIU TPS Teaching World War II with Primary Sources

This curriculum tool was created with two goals in mind. The first goal is the basis for everything we do at EIU TPS, to familiarize students and teachers with Library of Congress digitized primary sources and collections and guide their use in inquiry-based research techniques. Interpreting historical documents, photos, map, posters, letters, music sheets and more help students gain a better understanding of history as the rich tapestry that it is, rather than a series of facts, dates, names and events.

The second is to help students connect on a personal level with the events, people, places and difficult conditions faced by American families, looking closely at some from Illinois, during World War II.

This booklet contains four sections:
1. Primary Sources in the Classroom
2. Primary Sources and Analysis Tools
3. Library of Congress WWII Resources
4. Library of Congress Overview
Download the PDF of the Booklet

The War

The Library of Congress has partnered with filmmaker Ken Burns and PBS on The War. This much anticipated documentary will be a valuable resource for educators who introduce students to this epic period in United States history. Educators who are alumni of the EIU Teaching with Primary Sources and Adventure of the American Mind programs have experienced the compelling collections of the Veteran’s History Project and are aware of the power of personal connections in teaching through building background knowledge or helping students realize the foundation of information they already possess.

The War: Stories from Central Illinois

“The War: Stories from Central Illinois” is a collection of stories told by the people who lived WWII, on the battlefront and the home front. WEIU-TV sent out an open invitation to any WWII veteran, spouse or children of veterans to tell their stories. In April of 2007, they we invited to the WEIU-TV studios to tell their personal accounts of the war.

Veterans History Project Companion Site

Ken Burns and his colleagues filmed original interview material for The War. This VHP Web feature offers you a chance to experience some of the events depicted in The War, from the attack on Pearl Harbor to V-E and V-J Day, through additional interviews--as well as letters, diaries, and memoirs--found in the Veterans History Project archives. We’ve outlined topics covered in each of the seven episodes of The War. Highlighted topics are linked to lists of veterans from our archives who participated in those events. The contents of each collection featured in this Viewers Companion may be accessed online. These lists of World War II veterans represent a small sample of our collections from that war.
Go to the VHP Companion web site

EIU TPS September 2007 Newsletter

The September issue of the Central Illinois Teaching with Primary Sources Newsletter with the theme World War II.
Go to the Newsletter Archives or download the PDF

Library of Congress Resources

Spotlight on Central Illinois
There were nearly 987,000 men and women from the state of Illinois that served during World War II of these 22,000 died to preserve our freedom.

Frontline Diplomacy (Diplomacy and Foreign Service) This collection presents a window into the lives of American diplomats. Transcripts of interviews with U.S. diplomatic personnel capture their experiences, motivations, critiques, personal analyses, and private thoughts. While some 1920s- 1930s-, and World-War-II-era diplomacy is covered, most of the interviews involve post-World-War-II diplomacy, from the late 1940s to the 1990s. Special Presentations: Essay-The Interview Process

Lesson Plans and Activities/Classroom Materials

Veteran's History Project
Dr. Seuss Went to War

Features and Activities
Timeline: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945
On the Home Front
Women Pioneers (On the Job)

Lesson Plans
Nothing to Fear (Grades 5-8)
Grandparent/Elder Project (Grades 7-12)
Exploring Community through Local History: Oral Stories, Landmarks and Traditions (Grades 9-12)

Lyrical Legacy
The Young Dead Soldiers (Poem)
We Shall Overcome

America's Story
Jump Back in Time: Depression and WWII
Meet Amazing People: George S. Patton
Meet Amazing People: Dwight D. Eisenhower

Journeys and Crossings
Pearl Harbor Oral Histories with Ann Hoog
Rosie the Riveter: Real Women Workers in World War II

American Treasures of the Library of Congress World War II
John Bull and Uncle Sam: Four Centuries of British-American Relations (From Enemy to Ally)
Bob Hope and American Variety
Women Coming to the Front: Journalist, Photographers and Broadcasters During WWII
Churchill and the Great Republic

Wars End Pt 1
Wars End Pt 2
War Letters
Ken Burns The War Press Conference

Wise Guide
December 7, 1941: The Days after the Days of Infamy
The Tuskegee Airman

Today in History
February 4,1941
June 6,1944
June 13,1942
June 21,1945
December 7,1941

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